In this ‘year of fire’ a joint UK and Canadian team are currently flying imaging surveys above the boreal wildfires of Northern Ontario, to learn more about their behaviour and to evaluate the performance of algorithms being designed to monitor fires from the infrared data collected by Earth orbiting satellites. The campaign is being led by Professor Martin Wooster of King’s College London and NERC’s National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), who travelled to Canada with researcher Dr Kari Hyll who has worked extensively on the methods used to analyse the IR data. Dr Weidong Xu, who is working on the Sentinel-3 data analysis, is supporting the team from London to provide regular updates of what the satellite can see. Continue reading
Researchers Camilla Audia and Frances Crowley spent two weeks in Burkina Faso as part of NERC Innovation Placement fellowship on indigenous knowledge on weather and climate and were joined by artist Maeve Brennan as part of the King’s College London X Somerset House Studios small grant for artists and academics to work together to offer new critical perspectives on contemporary culture and society. Continue reading
King’s Climate Hub scholars Dr Daniel Schillereff and Dr James Porter joined us at the Pint of Science Festival Our Society at The Britannia, Kensington on 15 May to talk about their research on climate change, joined by Dr Katrien Steenmans, a close colleague from the King’s Climate Law and Governance Centre at the Dickson Poon School of Law.
Here are three things we learnt that evening… Continue reading
Pint of Science is an annual international festival spread over three evenings that aims to promote interaction between academic researchers and members of the public in a casual setting.
This year the festival took place in 21 different countries and across 300 different cities on 14, 15 and 16 May.
King’s Geography has proudly provided support and funding for Pint of Science events in London for the fifth year running. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of its research, the department contributed to two of the six King’s events; ‘Planet Earth’ and ‘Our Society’. Continue reading
You often might not be able to see or smell air pollution, but it would be difficult for you not to have seen it in the news recently. Air pollution has been linked to illness and premature death. A recent report examining the impact of exposure to air pollution across the course of a lifetime estimated that in the UK, the air pollution we breathe causes an estimated 40,000 early deaths per year. The impacts of polluted air are worse for the most vulnerable people. Air pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM), have been found to damage lung development in children and worsen existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, particularly in older people. Furthermore, air pollution disproportionately affects the poorest in society who tend to live in areas near main roads with higher levels of air pollution. Continue reading
by Joseph Hirst
As a Geography BSc undergraduate, the natural environment holds a very important place in my heart. I wouldn’t study it otherwise! This love for the environment isn’t recent either- I was part of my secondary school’s environment team throughout my time there (including 6th form). It was no real surprise to see that I’d join the Geography Department Sustainability Champions team at King’s when I heard about its existence. Given my history, I was surprised to hear that much of the work of the sustainability champions scheme focused on the sustainable development goals, something I knew little about! These goals aren’t explicitly taught in the Geography BSc but, as I grew to learn, these goals are incredibly important for everyone – from the international community to a single undergraduate student. Continue reading